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From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh Ville

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard RV Indochine
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Sail through Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the RV Indochine, on this 9-day cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh Ville. This trip is favorable to meditation and allows you to live during 9 days to the rhythm of the Mekong River. Spend your days enjoying enriching excursions and discovering fascinating destinations, including the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace, the former home of Huynh Thuy Le, My Tho islands, and Thien Hau Pagoda among others. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Siem Reap | Embark
Day 2 : Tonle Sap | Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach
Day 3 : Kampong Tralach | Koh Chen | Phnom Penh
Day 4 : Phnom Penh
Day 5 : Chau Doc | Sa Dec
Day 6 : Sa Dec | Vinh Long | Cai Be
Day 7 : My Tho | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Day 8 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 9 : Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Kampong Chhnang, one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap
  • Visit Koh Chen where the inhabitants are experts in silver and copper work
  • Tour Sa Dec, known as the “garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times
  • Enjoy some free time to stroll around the Ben Thanh markets

Ship

RV Indochine

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Boy on wooden fishing boat Royal Palace in Phnom Penh Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda Scenic rice field in Vietnam Contrast of old & modern of Ho Chi Minh city

Day 1 Siem Reap | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today´s program depends on your arrival time to Siem Reap. If arrived from your flight between 6:00 am and 11:00 am, schedules as follows: Have lunch in the hotel Lotus Blanc. Board small local boats in Siem Reap at 14.00, and be transfered to the RV Indochine. After comfortably settling into your cabins, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail and have dinner on board. Drop anchor and moor for the night close to the flooded forest.

Day 2 Tonle Sap | Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast on board and spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing. After lunch on board, arrive in Kampong Chhnang. Located some 90km from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country, and the region’s very name Kampong Chhnang means “the port of the pottery” in Khmer. Taste some palm sugar from the Thnot sugar palm (a real national symbol) before going around the village afloat small local boats. Return on board and continue your cruise to Kampong Tralach. Enjoy dinner on board and moor for the night.

Day 3 Kampong Tralach | Koh Chen | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast on board this morning before visiting the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Cross through the village of Kampong Tralach on an ox cart to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer from the effects of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors, so its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot.

Return on board for lunch and cast off. Arrive into Koh Chen during the afternoon and visit this small village where the inhabitants are experts in silverwork and copper work. Here they make the ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings. Visit Mr thom Umson's private school, a bright mathematics teacher, speaking Fench, but always in need of pens, pencils and copybooks for the children.

Rturn on board and cruise to Phnom Penh arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy some free time to explore the capital. Return on board and enjoy an Aspara dance show and dinner on board. Take a “tuk tuk” trip, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. Moor for the night in the port of Phnom Penh.

Day 4 Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retaines much of its French colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. Visit the Silver pagoda, paved over 5000 silver tiles which it owes its name.Constructed in wood in 1892 it was then rebuilt in 1962, and the Royal palace, symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style.

Then, visit the National museum housing the Fine Arts museum, built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. Beautiful lapidary museam, which the sublime statue of Javayarman VII sits with the head slightly tilted in a meditative posture. Lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon visit the Tuol Svay Prey school S21, former centre of detention, torture and execution used by the Khmer Rouge during the War. There is free time in the “Russian market” – crammed full with all types of businesses. Return on board and have dinner as you continue your cruise through the night to Vietnam.

Day 5 Chau Doc | Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast on board and spend the morning afloat. Cross into Vietnam and complete customs formalities at the border. Lunch on board, arriving in the early afternoon in Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city.

Transfer by small boat to visit a Cham village, a village of silk weavers and fish farms. Then, set off by minibus and visit the top of the Sam hill, an important place of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese where it overlooks the vastness of the Delta and its rice feilds. Return on board and continue your cruise towards Sa Dec. Enjoy an exquisite dinner and make overnight stop on the river bank.

Day 6 Sa Dec | Vinh Long | Cai Be

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast and continue your journey to Sa Dec, where a few colonial mansions are still in existence. Discover the local market and visit the former dwelling place of Huynh Thuy Le, former lover of the French novelist Marguerite Duras who spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec. Famous for its horticulture, Sa Dec was known as the “garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times.

Return on board for lunch and continue your cruise towards Vinh Long, located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong and where all of life is organised around the water. Hundreds of boats criss-cross in all directions between houses built on stilts. Set off in boats through the orchards that lead to Caï Be. Here discover the bricks, pottery and chinaware, observe the fruit trees nursery on the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc and also the local traditional craft of rice popcorn, rise wafers for the production of spring rolls, rice alcohol and coconut sweets. All in family context to Delta's economy. Return to the ship and continue your cruise. Enjoy dinner on board and spend the night on board.

Day 7 My Tho | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy an early morning breakfast on board before you visit the near islands of My Tho in small local boats. Renowned for its many vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, the climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana, mango and logan trees. Along the maze that makes up the network of small canals, pretty country villages appear and you can see the local craftsmen at work. On the largest of the islands (Thoi Son), visit a beekeeping farm to taste honey tea and exotic fruits.

Return on board for lunch and continue with your magnificent cruise, taking the narrow Chao Gao canal and heading for Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy dinner and overnight on board in the port of Ho Chi Minh City. After dinner the evening is at leisure.

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have breakfast this morning before your visit to Ho Chi Minh City, originally named Saigon and built by the French in 1850 at the beginning of French colonial times and the principal port of Vietnam. Take a tour of the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post office. Have lunch in town and in the afternoon, visit the National History museum then a traditional lacquer-ware factory. Enjoy some free time to stroll around the Ben Thanh markets. Return to the ship for your farewell cocktail and gala dinner. Moor for the night in the port of Ho Chi Minh City. After dinner the evening is at leisure.

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark your ship and devote your morning to visiting Cholon, the major centre of Chinese trade in the capital city. After lunch the afternoon is free. End of your journey.

RV Indochine

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Main Deck
14 outside-facing cabins on the main deck equipped with two low beds that can be moved together; large storage space under the box spring; private bathroom with sink, toilet and shower; air-conditioning; safe; hair dryer; and dresser.
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Upper Deck
10 outside-facing cabins on the upper deck equipped with two low beds that can be moved together; large storage space under the box spring; private bathroom with sink, toilet and shower; air-conditioning; safe; hair dryer; and dresser.

Notes

Please Note: The itinerary, ports of call and visits are subject to modification by the ship owner and/or our representatives on the spot. The excursions may be amended or completed in the reverse order if it is deemed necessary. The ship’s captain reserves the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel. The banks of the river on which we travel can be very steep and slippery, depending on the water levels.

(1) Crossing the Tonle Sap Lake: when water levels are high, from August to the end of December, the RV Indochine crosses the lake. When water levels are low, from January to April, we cross the lake by air-conditioned coach to join the RV Indochine at Koh Chen.


This offer includes
  • The cruise in the category of cabin chosen at booking stage
  • All meals throughout the tour
  • All transfers, visits and excursions as listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking national Vietnamese and Cambodian guides for the visits to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Local guides throughout the cruise
  • Tour leader throughout the cruise and tour
  • Drinks on board during the meals (1 soda or 1 beer or 1 water and coffee or tea per person and per meal)
  • Emergency and repatriation insurance INCLUDED FREE OF CHARGE
This offer does not include
  • Drinks that are not listed
  • All personal expenses
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Compulsory Vietnamese and Cambodian Visas
  • Tips for guides, coach drivers and and local boat pilots during the 9-day cruise
Formalities
A valid Passport is required for your travel. Non European guests please contact the local Embassies or Consulates for proper paperwork required before travelling. For French citizens, your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date and a tourist visa for Vietnam and Cambodia is obligatory. For other nationalities: Please contact your embassy or consulate for current information.

Health: No specific vaccinations are obligatory but you are advised to make sure you are up to date with your immunisation (tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria and typhoid). You are advised not to drink tap water when travelling, you should only drink bottled water or hot tea. Please make sure you travel with your usual medicines (aspirin, imodium etc). Malaria tablets and mosquito repellent are recommended (please consult your doctor). These cruises are not recommended for people with reduced mobility.
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